Junior doctor England

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Taking industrial action safely - what you need to know

Answers to your questions

Read our guidance on full withdrawal of labour (September 2016)

Read our industrial action FAQs

Read the statement on escalation of strike action (September 2016)

Read our guidance for medical students (September 2016)


Important advice documents

Advice note for junior doctors on day of action (PDF)

LNC briefing: preparing for industrial action (PDF)


Agreed protocol with NHS England

In order to ensure patient safety, the BMA has agreed a protocol with NHS England for use in the event of a major unpredictable event. This sets out the circumstances in which the BMA would encourage junior doctors to return to work on the day of industrial action. Junior doctors will, of course, put patient safety first.

If your trust calls you in and you unsure what to do, please contact the BMA on 0300 123 1233 and we will be able to confirm if the BMA has agreed to encourage junior doctors to return to work in that area.

Read the joint letter (PDF)

Updated 22 April 2016


Guide to safe picketing

On the days of action, the BMA will be supporting over 150 picket lines across England. BMA-branded materials, including placards and high visibility vests and armbands, are being provided via the regional services team.

To find out if we will be supporting a picket line at your workplace, please contact your junior doctor representative, your LNC representative or your Industrial Relations Officer.

Guide to safe picketing (PDF)

Find your local picket line

Stay informed - visit oneprofession.bma.org.uk


Get in touch with your local rep

More about your regional junior doctors committee (RJDC):

Find your RJDC

Find your regional coordinator (member login required)


Legal advice

The right to strike is a fundamental human right protected by Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. However, an NHS trust has suggested that the proposed industrial action by junior doctors is unlawful, being in breach of the Trade Union Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULCRA). We have sought urgent legal advice from John Hendy QC, the leading authority in this area of law.

Read the legal advice (PDF)


Download support materials

Please download the following materials to show your support.

New - A4 poster (PDF)

New - public information flyer (PDF)

Junior contract dispute in detail - information for the public

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Tell your colleagues about industrial action

You can contact your local regional office or visit the Reception desk at BMA House to pick up a range of support materials for meetings, rallies and street stalls.

Choose from the following support materials:

  • lanyards (25 max)
  • campaign stickers (20 sheets max)
  • campaign badges (40 max)
  • stethoscope clips (10 max)
  • car stickers (20 max)


Show your support

Whoever you are, doctor or not, you can support junior doctors in their fight for a fair contract.

Have your say in BMA communities

Tweet us @TheBMA on Twitter

Post your comments on our Facebook page


Recent days of action

See the highlights from the days of action which took place on: